a day of a different flavor

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the table with Edamame

This is now the day after a not so small mini-meetup in Santa Monica, CA.

I get up from being out not too late...about 3am returning home.

The usual stuff happens...breakfast, shower.....the usual stuff.

I call over to Eli.....he is soon to be a Californian by proxy, but still new to the California group of TravBuddies.  I call him up.  No answer, just left a message.  I wanted to see what he was doing.  He hadn't been to Los Angeles ever before.  He called me back shortly saying that he had just come in from being out and walking around and that he was packing up his stuff so that he could check out and meet up with Alina and Jenn (Jenn79 would be taking them around and to lunch).

Jenn and Alina
  He told me that I should come along.  Not wanting to miss the opportunity to hang out.....I jumped in my car and almost flew to LA (Little Tokyo area).

There was much traffic on the fine Saturday afternoon.  I drove the 5 to the 605 to the 91 to the 710 to 10 and finally still got cought.  Already running late....I decided to get off of the highway and navigate by street in the direction I thought they would all be.  I got lucky....when I was out with Kelly for the pillow fight (see other blog), we passed Little Tokyo so I had a great idea where to go.

Where I got off the highway was not as far as I thought it would have been or even that out of the way for that matter.  I was now in Little Tokyo right beside downtown Los Angeles.

Found parking and made a sprint to meet up with my friends.

Eli and myself
  Oh no, I crossed the street in the wrong direction.  Wait for the light to change, can't wait.....they are waiting for me....I cross the street on the red, just after the cars all passed.

There they are....I found them.

Now as a group, it is food time.  But wait...they have had pinkberry....I know this because Jenn is the only one still eating her Coffee flavored yogurt.  She offers it to me (seems like I have known her forever)....I can't resist.  The coffee flavored yogurt was good.

We walk towards a sushi restaurant that Jenn has been to.  It is closed.  We walk again.  Here we are in front of a Shabu Shabu restaurant and after just a little deliberation, we go in.  Never going to this type of restaurant....it was very quiet inside.

Jenn and Alina with pot and Calamari salad
...we must have been one of their first clients of the day.  Oh by the way, it's like a fondue restaurant without the cheese or chocolate.....like a Chinese "hot pot" restaurant.

We look at our menus....a little discussion happening.  All decide that the beef would be best except for me.  I opt for the chicken.

The young lady serving us, comes out and adjusts our table.  She turns the table into a stove, then brings a pot out with a little seasoning or something in the water a puts the water to boil.  Oh, we are making soup!  Well not really, we didn't have any spoons.  Only chopstix!

She brings out some sauces for our meat and vegetables.....She brings out our vegetables and finally some very, very, very thinly sliced meat.

We proceed to cook our soup.

Eli
....that we can't drink.

I add all of my vegetables to the pot.  If we are making soup the soup should be well seasoned.  Then we add our meat a little at a time.

The food was tasty, although they did make us work for our meal.

Great job to Jenn for finding us a wonderful restaurant, Way To Go Eli....for using the chopstix!

I had a great time with Alina, Jenn and Eli.....I had to go.  I had to get to a retirement party in another part of town.....

.....but wait, is it not over?  Jenn has to put more coins in the meter.  She leaves all of us at a shop saying we should by some things to remember the day and she would be right back.  Eli and I walk in to find Alina....no such luck, we look around, we see nothing to buy and still can't find Alina.  We walk out.  There she is....she says that Jenn went in looking for us, so we go back in and no Jenn.  We come out to find Jenn giving Alina and then us some funny looking balls.  Turns out that Jenn was so kind and wanted us to experience more....she bought us some Mochi (ice cream in a rice covering)....very good.  Such a wonderful way to finish the afternoon.

I walk them back to Jenn's car and say my goodbyes.  They went on to do somemore sightseeing, I rushed home yet again through LA traffic.

jenn79 says:
You were such the bomb for 1) hanging out with us on day 2 and 2) getting there SO QUICKLY! Didn't make us miss a beat =) I hope you were on time for the retirement party! =D
Posted on: Apr 06, 2008
ocwarren says:
definately an experience that everyone should try at least once. I will be back.
Posted on: Apr 06, 2008
David says:
Oh man I don't miss the traffic in LA. Shabu Shabu sounds like it was a lot of fun.
Posted on: Apr 06, 2008
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the table with Edamame
the table with Edamame
Jenn and Alina
Jenn and Alina
Eli and myself
Eli and myself
Jenn and Alina with pot and Calama…
Jenn and Alina with pot and Calam…
Eli
Eli
Alina
Alina
the table is set....pot and veggie…
the table is set....pot and veggi…
the pot of water with onions float…
the pot of water with onions floa…
Eli and Jenn with a full table of …
Eli and Jenn with a full table of…
Ms. Jenn
Ms. Jenn
Alina
Alina
the sauces provided
the sauces provided
the pot..the sauces..the beginning!
the pot..the sauces..the beginning!
the kitchen
the kitchen
the dining room
the dining room
Calamari Salad
Calamari Salad
Calamari Salad 2
Calamari Salad 2
the table
the table